Area Briefs for the week of 2014 06 19

'Create WV' to hold statewide confab here

Charleston’s Jeff James, a Glenville native who cofounded the Create WV Convention & Festival, is leading the effort to bring the statewide meeting to Glenville in October. The 2014 conference and festival provides locals and visitors with entertainment, educational, entrepreneurial and social sessions, many of which will take place at the new WACO Center on Mineral Road, in addition to other areas throughout the city and county. The group’s purpose is to stimulate community and economic development in the Mountain State.

Having this statewide assembly in Glenville, the heart of Gilmer County, will draw in hundreds of business, artistic and entrepreneurial people who want to focus on new ideas and ways to make West Virginia takeoff, economically, culturally and educationally.

For further information about this conference-festival, call either Ms. Rebecca Kimmons, the nonprofit group’s Charleston public relations director, at 304-553-4576, or the local contact: Dr. Bob Henry Baber at 304-462-6390.

Ghost drama to air at Fayette Theater

Highlighting July's theatrical season at the Historic Fayette Theater in downtown Fayetteville will be the lively play, "The Contrite Spirit,"

Written by Dennis Harrington and directed by Patsy Shrewsbury, the drama takes family members and other s in the audience into the life of Kerry Kirkpatrick, a young bachelor comic-book artist, who thought he had found the perfect venue for conducting both his life and career ... until he discovers his stately country home is haunted by the ghost of a Civil War Confederate Cavalry officer.

The show premiers at 8 p.m. on Fri., July 11, with subsequent shows at the same time on July 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. On Sun., July 27, a 2 p.m. matinee will take place, as the final curtain drops. For ticket information, call 1-800-838-3006, or go on-line to: WWW.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM

Updates on Folk Fest’s history events

If you have an interest in Gilmer County history, the officers and members of the Gilmer County Historical Society proudly invite you to join the local organization, especially during this year’s Folk Festival.

The society's headquarters and archives are in the Historic Holt House Museum's Annex on East Main Street, diagonally across from the First Baptist Church of Glenville.

The group's events — taking place during the 2014 WV State Folk Festival from this Thurs.-Sat., June 19-21 — will include tours of the early 1900s Glenville home, a crafters market with organic coffee sales, blacksmithing demonstrations, ghost stories and a visit from the long missing lady aviator, Amelia Earhart.

Moreover, the Ghost Story Open Mic at the Holt Annex will take place at 7:30 p.m. on this Thurs.-Fri. evenings, with reenactor Becky Baldwin, afterwards, telling the horrid tale of Sis Linn at the cemeteries atop College Hill. This murdered dorm matron haunts the college at nights ... often. This newspaper’s publisher, Dr. Dave Corcoran, Sr., will lead the ghost story sessions, especially interesting to younger Folk Festival attendees.

A new display will be the Hazel Valley Coffees, of Harrisville, that sells many organic coffees. This is a business created by GSC graduate, "Ryder," as Dan Dieroff is known around here.

Call Dot Frey, the society's librarian, at 304-462-4295 for more Folk Festival information.

Local Radio group set for Field Day

The Pioneer Amateur Radio Association (PARA) will compete in the 2014 Field Day, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) on Sat., June 28.

The local group will set up radios at the Historical Society’s facilities across East Main Street, Glenville, from the First Baptist Church. The national event will run from noon to 5 p.m. Moreover, the Field Day is a competition and an emergency exercise.

The general public is invited to see the local Ham Club in action, according to spokesman, Steve Ostaff. For further information, Steve can be reached at 304-462-7193.

GHS & SF School Reunions

It won’t be long to wait for the two big reunions at the end of June. In fact, they will both take place next weekend here in Glenville.

The Old Glenville High School's Reunion will kickoff with its traditional Pow-Wow from 6-to-9 p.m. on next Fri., June 27 at the Senior Center, followed by some daytime activities on Saturday. The reunion culminates with the Annual Banquet and Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. on Sat., June 28. The evening's special recognitions this year will be showered upon all of the school's alumni, particularly the Gold, Diamond and Platinum graduates. For more info, contact: President Rodney Jamison, 5810 Crest Lane, Lakeland, FL 338812, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Glenville High School Alumni Association, via the generosity of several of its members and area businesses, have sponsored two pages of pictures, history, honorees and explanations of the mechanics of their reunion on pages 1-2B in this newspaper edition. This section gives Folk Festival visitors an idea of how the Appalachian folk heritage in education continues to live on in Gilmer County, as well as in some other areas of the state.

In addition, and on the same weekend, the Lions of the Old Sand Fork High School will gather at their annual Alumni Banquet at 4 p.m. on next Sat., June 28 at the Senior Center. Music will create the relaxing mood at 4 p.m., with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Elwood White, President, announces that five scholarships will be awarded this year by the SFS's Alumni Association.

All of these school reunions, including those at Cedarville and other old area high schools, provide the alumni with rare opportunities to socialize with old friends, to preserve the schools’ history and to have a lot of fun in Gilmer County.